I am currently applying to graduate school and trying to gather some solid letters of recommendation. I already contacted three professors (almost 1 month before application deadline) and 2/3 gladly accepted. The third professor that didn't reply at all already wrote me LoR one year ago so I don't see why he wouldn't like to do it again. How do I ask again without being pushy? Can someone help me what should I write in follow up mail?

  • Even one month might be pretty short. Nov 27, 2022 at 20:58
  • Not really @AnonymousM
    – Philip
    Nov 27, 2022 at 22:21
  • "The third professor that didn't reply at all" Please note that Covid is not gone yet.
    – Nobody
    Nov 28, 2022 at 7:56

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There is probably no template, and it would probably sound insincere anyway. Apologize for asking again so soon, but remind them that there is a deadline. If they can't write for you or don't reply, move on.

But, you might also ask their department whether there is some reason they can't reply.

And look for an alternative.

Also see: How should I phrase an important question that I need to ask a professor?

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